March 21, 2002
Listening to freep mouth Michael Savage yesterday, was nothing
more than listening to the diatribes of a rabid, fascist propagandist.
Between Savage, Limbleah (PigBoy), Dr. Laura, Mike Reagan,
and all the rest, it is apparent our AM radio waves have been
completely commandeered by the “Blind from the Right”.
Yesterday, Savage tore into California Gov. Gray Davis, for
extending the time limit to remove the chemical MBTE from
gasoline. Davis did this under threat from the oil companies,
who stated that his failure to do so would give Californian’s
$3.00 per gallon gas.
Imagine what Savage would have said about Davis had he not
stayed his removal order, and gas did go up to $3.00! I am
sure Savage would have accused him of all sorts of things,
including being responsible for the resulting impact on California’s
economy, which would be significant. Further, Savage kept
repeating his pet nickname for Davis, “Red Davis”, and all
but accused him of being a flaming communist.
How is it these people can get away, unchallenged, with their
lies, libel, and hate-filled rhetoric? They are using the
public airwaves, that’s right, the PUBLIC airwaves, that the
citizens of this country own, to disseminate their propaganda.
It is very disturbing to me, and should be to everyone else,
that they are allowed unfettered use of this public platform.
It’s time for the people of this country to put a stop to
this! We must organize to do the following:
- Demand the FCC offer airtime under the “Equal Time
Doctrine”, to allow the “other” side an opportunity to
respond to the right-wing, Republican propaganda being
espoused by these wing-nuts! Many of these shows, are
nothing more than one long commercial for Republican ideology.
As this is the case, we should demand equal time!
- Demand accountability for the truth from these fascists,
and sue the piss out of them for their lies and libel!
We need a team of lawyers, willing to risk the criticism
that would be sure to follow, to take them on. We need
to beat them at their own game.
- Demand that the radio stations who carry these broadcasters,
also hire those who have viewpoints counter to their current
crop. Frequently, the wing-nuts screen their calls so
closely, that they refuse to take views counter to their
own. If they refuse to open the process up, then we should
organize boycotts of their advertisers (Ginkoba?), letter
writing campaigns, and even pickets.
- Find and cultivate broadcasters with other viewpoints,
and demand that they be placed on the air. Where are the
great progressive radio hosts, and why don’t they have
market saturation similar to the righties? Listening to
radio, you would think the country is overwhelmingly right-wing,
and all of their callers agree with them. Not!
We can no longer accept the status quo. These people are
lying, inciting hatred and violence, and using the PUBLIC
airwaves for one-sided political propaganda. Democracy, and
the people of this country, are not served when only one side
controls the airwaves!
Bassman is a published writer, photographer, and lecturer,
focusing on the environment and government ethics.